Africa’s treasure; Uganda, is unsurprisingly gifted by nature, coupled with an incomparable unique beauty that was recognized by Sir Winston Churchill who described Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa”. Tourists who safari Uganda have a lot of adventure stories to tell about their experience.
The noticeable things that bring tourists to a country must be attractions. Uganda is blessed with high class unique features that leave tourists questioning why God had to put them all in small Uganda. The gorgeous landscapes, fantastic wildlife, the green vegetation over the hills and everywhere as well as its favorable climate.
Positioned in Eastern Africa, Uganda is boarded by South Sudan in the North, Kenya in the East, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Burundi and Rwanda in the Southwest, and Tanzania in the South.
Safari to Uganda in the exclusively rich country that encompasses an area of about 241,551 square kilometers with 15% of its land being covered with water. Though landlocked, Uganda is positioned in the core of the great lakes region and is surrounded by three of them; Lake Edward in the south west, Lake Albert in the west and Lake Victoria in the south east. These have acted as recreational grounds, trade routes just like oceans and seas in other countries. Lake Victoria (68,800Km2) is the largest fresh water lake in Africa but it shares it with Kenya and Tanzania. Lake Victoria is the source to the World’s longest river; River Nile that dispenses its water in the massive Mediterranean Sea.
On your tour to Uganda, you are welcomed by Uganda’s amazing landscapes that comprise of admirable scenic beauty. These include; the snow capped mountains, the impressive rolling hills, fresh water lakes, meandering rivers, not forgetting the wonderful welcoming inhabitants. If you are a white person, some local residents and excited kids refer to you as a “Mzungu” irrespective of your home country. Tourists should feel relaxed because they are often heartily welcomed by Ugandans.
Uganda’s lowest point is about 6,609ft at Lake Albert, while the highest point is at Mountain Rwenzori (5,109 meters); Africa’s 3rd tallest mountains and the tallest mountain range in Africa since Mountain Kenya (5,199 meters) and Mountain Kilimanjaro (5,895 meters) are free standing.
Uganda’s vegetation is mainly Savannah and this includes grasslands, bushes, shrubs and woodlands as well. There are also several Forests in Uganda such as Mabira forest that was once its biggest Natural forest. These various vegetation types and forests act as homes to the wildlife in Uganda including the big game as well as birds.
Uganda has 10 splendid National Parks that are evenly distributed in the country. Each National park has unique features that don’t not appear in another park hence making them different. These parks are perfect Uganda wildlife safaris. These parks are mentioned from the biggest in size;
- Murchison Falls National Park (3840Km2) is famous for hosting the big 5 with Rhinos in the adjacent Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. It is also blessed to be the most powerful water fall in Uganda and the world at large.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park (1978Km2) is famous for its tree climbing lions, and the majestic Kazinga channel that offers a great boat safari experience.
- Kidepo National Park (1442Km2) has varsity in its untouched wilderness hence was ranked as the 3rd best safari park by CNN (2017). It has endemics like the bat-eared fox, hunting dog, cheetah, stripped hyena, caracals and aardwolf.
- Mount Elgon National Park (1,279Km2) is home to the world’s largest intact mountain caldera which is about 40km.
- Rwenzori Mountain National Park (998Km2) famous for protecting Africa’s 3rd highest peak Margherita 5,109 meters with snow throughout the year.
- Kibale National Park (776Km2) is the primate capital of the world, hosting over 13 primate species including the common chimpanzees that are sought on tours to Uganda.
- Lake Mburo National Park (260Km2) is the only home of the impalas, with a high concentration of the Burchell’s zebras, elands and the red fest barbet. It’s also unique for having the ancient Precambrian rocks and its beautiful acacia vegetation.
- Bwindi impenetrable National Park (321Km2) is home to a minimum of 400 mountain Gorillas which is close to half of the world’s gorillas estimated at 880.
- Semuliki National Park (220Km2) is adjacent to the bio-diverse Ituri thick forest of the Congo basin. It also hosts 11 of the Albertine endemic species and home to the Sempaya hot springs that are more adventurous and exciting.
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (33.7Km2) is part of the Virunga conservation area. Though small, it is the second home of Gorillas, the only home of golden monkeys, and not forgetting that it hosts three conical peaks of the Virunga mountains.
Tourists on Uganda safaris have also found several additional amazing attractions like the rift valley, the Kyambura gorge, the equator, River Nile, and the Kigezi highlands famous for its meandering roads that wow!! any traveler as well as wildlife reserves and sanctuaries.
In Uganda’s astonishing landscapes, blessed are people that inhabit these areas. Uganda has over 56 tribes with several other indigenous communities like the Batwa. Ik, Basongora, and the Karamojongs. These have lived in Uganda for quite a long time. All these have unique customs, dress codes, language, traditions, and memorable heritage experiences where by if encountered, you will have a great unforgettable adventure.
I can’t enlighten the treat and joy you will have on your safari in Uganda where you will appreciate the exclusive attractions……